This past year has been crazy! We are now living in England and loving it. I am going to post a few pictures of our adventures here and in the future if I have time I will back post more details.
Our first outing in England we headed to Framlingham Castle. Around the same time (while we were still in TLF) the BX had Star Wars day, the kids loved it!
Star Wars Day
Our first holiday season was lots of fun. We went and saw the baby seals along the Norfolk coast. Enjoyed our traditional family nativity on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day had “battle of the farm house” with our new nerf guns. And brought in the new year by going to Cromer on New Year’s Day to see the fireworks off the pier! Very Fun!
Seal Watching-Bean Boats
New Year’s Day
Fun things to see in England (all with Aunt Mary and Uncle Clint)
Painted Cliffs on Norfolk shore
Grandma and Papa Hibbs came to visit!
Castles in Wales
National Slate Museum, Wales
Mt. Snowdon, Wales
A Hall on the way to Wales
Papa and Wauryn at the Norwich Castle
Landyn’s Baptism Day
A visit from Uncle Hyrum and Aunt Dani
London with Uncle Hyrum & Aunt Dani
A ride on the London Eye
We spent a couple of days in Albuquerque with Aunt Kenzi and Uncle Todd. The kids had a wonderful time playing with Kailey and Cope. One thing they came away with and decided that was so cool was Uncle Todd’s high tech tv and gaming system. The loved that he could talk to it from across the room and the system would do what he said….though a little creepy too.
We also took the opportunity to explore some of Albuquerque with our local guides.
Hot Air Balloons
On top the mesa
Ready To Travel
Waiting for Grandma’s Biscuits
The day after school was out, we started out on our family vacation. We headed south first and stopped at Grandma and Papa Hibbs’ farm. After dealing with tricare and the headache of getting Wauryn what he needed to treat his pneumonia, we enjoyed our short time with them before heading southwest towards New Mexico to visit Aunt Kenzi and Uncle Todd’s family. On the way to Albuquerque we stopped in Liberal Kansas and toured Dorthy’s house and walked on the yellow brick road. Berlynn loved seeing the “princess and her house;” Payton and Landyn loved the information on the tornadoes the most; Addyline loved learning as much as she could; and Wauryn just loved running up and down the yellow brick road.
Before the First Cast
We woke up early to go fishing down by Mahoney State Park. We were all excited, until we realized we forgot the tackle box.
So what do you do with no tackle box, you decided to fish anyway with the two lures you have on. What are the chances that they would both get stuck and lines broken on their first cast…well in our family apparently very likely. So Payton and Addy each made one cast and then we had to figure out what to do with the rest of our morning. After all we did come all this way!
We we decided to explore a little bit of Mahoney and then head over to the Wildlife Safari Park. At Mahoney, we enjoyed walking up the view tower and looking over the country side and river. Almost the whole family made it to the top, but it was pretty windy making the tower shaky which resulted in Payton only making it part of the way up, though on his way down he found a robins’ nest with three little blue eggs in it.
At the Wildlife Park we enjoyed seeing elk and going on a fun walk up the wolf canyon. It was a little muddy and the trail was rather steep, but we made it out not too terribly covered in mud. So even though the day started out bleak, rainy and without a tackle box, we ended up having a good family adventure.
Click on the picture to go to Landyn’s page a learn about his spring music concert.
Click on the picture to read about Addyline’s experience with Operation Read.
Night At the Ball Park
At school the kids participated in the “hit the books” program and each earned free tickets to an Omaha Storm Chasers game. So we decided a night at the ball park sounded like a good idea. The only down fall was it was COLD. We did enjoy watching the game, especially the inning where the Storm Chasers scored 4 runs! We left before the game was over, because it is a school night. But did find out the the Storm Chasers ended winning the game 4 to 2.
Watch the Game with the Ormes
The best part of berm seating (seats on the grass), is that the kids are able to run around and have some fun when the game may get a little slow…which rarely happens in baseball.
Landyn’s 7th Birthday
Click on Landyn’s picture to go to his page and learn about his birthday!
This Easter the whole Hibbs family came to our house! Even great grandma Tessie Hibbs came and celebrated the weekend with us! Unfortunately, Craig was on alert, but we did have the opportunity to talk to him. Everyone LOVED spending time with the cousins and we are so very grateful the weather was nice so they could run and play outside and keep some of the noise outside.
Hunting with Papa
Wauryn had a little trouble understanding what was supposed to happen, so Papa tried to teach him to put the eggs in the basket. Wauryn would put a couple in, then he would take them back out, hand them to Papa and put them back in again. So though he didn’t get many eggs he enjoyed getting them, putting them in, handing them to Papa and starting all over again.
I think most everyone else had the idea of how it worked, in fact some of the older kids found so many that we decided to take all the candy back and divide it a little more evenly. (our kiddos don’t normally get anything but hard boil eggs to find, so the were ecstatic when they found there were plastic eggs with candy in them!)
Sorting the Candy…keeping some too!
With it also being General Conference weekend, we had to come up with a way to keep all those children paying attention-ish and staying somewhat quiet. Well what do you do, you put the lady who has been in the most primary presidencies in charge. Aunt Alisha did great! She had packets for each child…except Wauryn of course…and this amazing General Conference board, now I want one of those!
Another thing that is important is to keep those kiddos feed! We ate lots and had lots of fun this weekend!